As you head northwest up the hill through Bukit Timah, the landscape gets progressively greener. And, though you might think otherwise, the range of restaurant options doesn’t get thinner on the ground. Just before you hit the Rail Mall on Upper Bukit Timah Road is an Italian restaurant that has the rare privilege of being helmed by two chefs, each with a respective northern and southern Italian specialty. It’s thanks to this that Acqua E Farina – water and flour, the basic ingredients – can offer Singapore diners a comprehensive, balanced Italian restaurant experience. Reserve a table today!
Water and flour – Acqua E Farina – are the foundational ingredients in the triumvirate of Italian staple foods: breads, pasta and pizza. Here at this rather special Upper Bukit Timah Road restaurant, the flavours of both northern and southern Italian cuisine make onto and into all three typical dishes. Chef Antonio Manetto hails from a small town near Naples in sunny southern Italy, and swears by the house signature red Neapolitan pizza topped with spicy salami, creamy ricotta and a scattering of baby spinach. The seductive white pizza tartufo, loaded with mascarpone, mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle, is also popular among Singapore’s Italian food fans.
Taking a culinary journey to the north of Italy means you’re moving onto chef Roberto Galbiati’s turf. A proud native of northern Milan, his spaghetti al nero di seppia is a typical Northern-style seafood pasta whose hearty flavours balance earthiness and the freshness of the ocean. This is what’s so special about this Bukit Timah restaurant – in a city like Singapore that seems to boast a good number of Italian restaurants per capita, it’s a delight to find an example where the chefs put their names and their reputation, not to mention their gastronomic heritage, behind each and every dish. Acqua E Farina comes highly recommended!
great service and great food. I am always so pleased with the attentiveness to detail and the friendliness and warmth of the hospitality shown by the crew at the restaurant.
I always like their pizza. Antonio does a great pizza especially the white based ones. ask for his recommendations and he will come up with something that never fails to delight your senses.
overall: delicious food, cozy ambience, truly loved it :) Came here for Father’s Day dinner, arrived early at around 5.30pm and dodged any evening crowd whatsoever. Menu had impressive variety and prices were reasonable for the food quality. Waitresses were attentive and friendly, really hospitable. We didn’t end up trying the pizza but the steak platter and pastas were more than satisfying, absolutely delicious. Desserts were delectable, and the cheese platter came with a capsicum jam that was absolutely divine. Definitely would visit again, definitely would recommend.
Always enjoy trying something different or Roberto's specials. Great service.
This place had the best Italian food I've ever tried. Ordered the vongole and pizza - the clams in the pasta were so fresh and juicy, oozing with sweetness in every bite and you could just taste that the tomato base in the pizza was made from fresh tomatoes and not the usual paste that you'd find in most restaurants around this price range. Plus the cosy setting and very attentive service is a bonus
Overall it was a really nice and warm experience dining at Acqua E Farina (went on a Sunday afternoon). Authentic italian fare with a great vibe.
Very nice and authentic Italian experience! Excellent price/quality balance, friendly and efficient staff/service and good to great tastes on our plates. Just one dish was slightly disappointing: the risotto with saffran and sausage. Too much gravy, not enough saffran for my palate. The antipasti were all excellent, no complaints whatsoever. We’ll be back! Grazie.
Cosy and homely ambience. Excellent service from the very personable and attentive team. Delicious food—the Octopus pasta, Seabass and Pannetone in the Christmas menu were special. The burrata never fails to please. Overall an enjoyable dining experience for our party of four.
The food was good. Antonio and his staff were always on hand to attend to every request. A pleasant surprise at the end of the meal was the complimentary drink. Didn't quite catch the name but I think it was Limoncello. Definitely worth revisiting and recommending to friends.
I love dining at this authentic Italian restaurant. The menu variety, quality of food, friendly and attentive service, and cosy ambience make it an easy choice. I'm also a big fan of the location, tucked away at The Rail Mall.